Why It Is Good To Fail?
Failure is the key to success, unless you are that one in a million manager who always gets things right, never falls short and achieves targets and objectives 100% of the time.
We are hard-wired to want success and see this as a key measure of our effectiveness, which explains why failure is so hard to accept and why it generates so much angst.
Ironically failure is a good thing because it allows us to develop complex skills and attributes that do just not come along instantly the first time we try something. All new habits of skillsets areuncomfortable and difficult at first, often they feel illogical and clumsy.
Ever tried driving a car without any lessons or training? Did it take a while to master the art of taming the automobile? Did you crunch the gears, or even worse?
Instant competence and knowledge is just a mirage!
To get a grip on this, and to avoid that nagging fear of Failure, try the following techniques:
- Recognise that Failure will come your way: be prepared for this, recognise how this feels so that you build up your resistance to it when it happens. Learn to minimise the impact of Failure and learn from how you shrug this off to begin again.
- Decide on your course of action: commit to the project or issue and plan ahead how you will achieve it with firm milestones. If you have the blueprint, and you have set out on your pathway, stick to it anduse the audit points onyour timeline to anchor your commitment.
- Assess your learning from previous Failure: when things did not go well, what exactly did you learn from the experience both in terms of the process that you used and the outcome that you received? Such insights are critically important in refining your skills and knowledge ready for use in your next venture.
- Monitor your progress and use this to spur you onward: keeping a healthy view of achievements with regular assessments of what remains to be done will keep you on track. It is important to note that regular pauses will always pay dividends in the long run.
Always remember to stop at your peak, recognising that after this failure and decline become very likely. Also become finely attuned to your moods and feelings as lows here again increasethe likelihood of performance that does not show your true value.
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